Our Thinking About Kingdom Awakened.
What is the Ultimate Story?
Six Truths that Will Build Kingdom Thinking in the Lives of the Church
- A kingdom focused ministry requires consistency.
- Paul was under house arrest for two years
- His activities for these two years…
- He EXPOUNDED the Scripture
- He WITNESSED what he saw and experienced
- He PERSUADED people toward the gospel
- A kingdom focused ministry has an openness to every opportunity.
- Paul was under house arrest but was still all about the task of reaching people for Christ (Acts 20:24)
- He brought people in, taking every opportunity to “reach out and take in.”
- A kingdom focused ministry welcomes and serves people.
- Jesus had a kingdom vision – Luke 4:18-19
- Paul welcomed all types of people.
- Synagogue Jews – who wanted to hear for themselves, they came to visit him
- Street people – perhaps Paul preached through an open window
- A kingdom focused ministry becomes a proclamation of the truth.
- The Kerygma – the preaching of the gospel (Luke 4:18-19, Romans 10:14, Matthew 3:1).
- There is change in every encounter – either the proclaimer or the receiver.
- A kingdom focused ministry always promotes the centrality of the King, Jesus Christ.
- Paul knew who Jesus is – Messiah, One True Light, Savior, Cornerstone.
- Paul had a story to tell – Acts 9:1-19, Acts 22:1-29, Acts 26:1-29, Colossians 1:13
- A kingdom focused ministry creates a liberating confidence in the members of the kingdom.
- Boldness – meaning “to be free.”
- Unhindered – we must be all about the task of reaching lost people with the gospel of Christ.
How to apply this teaching personally and as a church:
- That which binds us – Community – connecting, belonging, joining (member)
- That which leads us – Faith – guiding, hearing, equipping, serving (ministry)
- That which compels us – Love – multiplying, giving, sending, embracing (mission)